Category: Europe

Pakistan summons UK envoy over Cameron's comments

Ref: Pakistan summoned Britain’s envoy in Islamabad yesterday over comments by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggesting it was not doing enough to fight terrorism, officials said.

Adam Thomson, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, was summoned to the foreign ministry to clarify remarks Cameron made during a visit to India last week, a Pakistani official said. Read more →

Cameron's new diplomacy creates problems with Pak

Ref: The British Prime Minister David Cameron has invented a new diplomacy – go to one country and criticise another.

In Turkey he accused Israel of allowing Gaza to become a “prison camp” and in the United States he downgraded his own country to that of a “junior partner”. Read more →

Fifteen killed in mass panic at German ‘Love Parade’

Ref: At least 15 people were killed and 10 were seriously injured after mass panic broke out at a “Love Parade” music festival in Germany on Saturday, police said.

Overcrowding at an entrance tunnel to a former freight rail station where the techno music festival was being held sparked a stampede and then a crush in the western city of Duisburg. Read more →

David Cameron agrees to meet senators about Lockerbie

Ref: UK Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet four US senators to discuss allegations that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Senators from New York and New Jersey wanted to meet Mr Cameron over the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who has prostate cancer.

Mr Cameron had earlier refused a meeting, saying he could not fit it into a “very full schedule” in the US.
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Afghan war agenda tops UK-US talks

David Cameron, the British prime minister, is on his way to Washington, DC, to meet Barack Obama, the US president, for talks aimed at improving ties between the two countries. Read more →

BP can keep oil cap closed for another day, says Allen

Ref:Admiral Paul Zukunft, US Coastguard: “There is no new oil coming up at the source”

BP is being allowed to keep the cap on its damaged well shut for another 24 hours, says the US official in charge of the Gulf of Mexico oil clean-up.

In a letter to BP, Adm Thad Allen expressed concern about a “detected seep” on the sea floor near the well and other “undetermined anomalies”.

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EU calls for opening Gaza borders

Ref: Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has said Gaza’s borders must open to enable the territory’s battered economy to recover.

“The position of the EU is very clear. We want to see the opportunity for people to be able to move around freely, to see goods not only coming in to Gaza but exports coming out of Gaza,” Ashton said on Sunday during a visit to Palestinian territory. Read more →

Power company tells customer she is dead

Ref: VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian woman has had to convince her electricity supplier that she is alive after the company wrote to her asking for information about her contract following her “passing away.”

In a personally addressed letter, the Linz-based company said it had heard of her death through her bank, daily Oesterreich reported on Thursday. Read more →